Free form structures for wood projects | Blumer Lehmann

  • Use

    Bearing structures, architectural structures, enveloping structures, commercial and public buildings, residential and educational buildings.
  • Applications

    Beams, pillars, columns, timber trusses, ceilings, facades.
  • Characteristics

    High-level engineering.

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Complex structures and buildings are not only possible, we make them real. Our Free forms department develops, engineers, manufactures and installs fascinating supporting and enveloping wood structures in stunning projects all over the world. Cellular supporting structures and the uniqueness of each component make free form structures exceptional.

Dedicated planning and project management

Blumer-Lehmann AG is a well-known expert, thanks to our qualified employees, our flexible design tools and our own CNC production which allow us to deliver highest quality on time and budget. Our specialists attend you through all stages of the project: from technical development to construction, service and maintenance. Dedicated project management coordinates every step such as development of geometry, structural engineering, production, logistics, site facilities, installation and follow-up works.

We even make the most eccentric visions come to life. Blumer-Lehmann AG is your strong partner for consulting services, engineering, production, logistics and installation and project management – all out of one hand, worldwide.

Impressions – Insights and outlooks

Check out one of Blumer Lehmann’s projects here: Norman Foster’s Manchester Maggie’s Centre Breaks Ground


For more information about Blumer Lehmann projects contact through our contact/quote button on top, visit Blumer Lehmann’s page in Materials, or visit: www.blumer-lehmann.ch/en/freeforms

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CableRail Kits for Metal or Wood Railings | Feeney

  • Use

    Railing frame system
  • Applications

    Commercial and residential
  • Characteristics

    Easy-to-install railing infill alternative for metal and wood railings. Made from high-strength, low-maintenance, weather-tough, 316-grade stainless steel. Available in 1/8″, 3/16″, and 1/4″ diameter cable to complement any railing design.

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Feeney CableRail Kits are sold in a wide range of standardized pre-cut lengths for easy ordering. There is no wasted time taking precise railing measurements; just select kits that are longer than you need and trim any excess in the field. Each kit includes special Threaded Terminal and automatic-locking Quick-Connect®SS attachment fittings that are sleek, simple to use, and easy to conceal. The result is not only extremely durable and aesthetic but virtually invisible, allowing beautiful, unimpaired views.

  • Made from high-strength, low-maintenance, weather-tough, 316-grade stainless steel
  • Available in 1/8″, 3/16″, and 1/4″ diameter cable to complement any railing design
  • Sold in a wide range of standard lengths (5 ft to 70 ft in 5-ft increments) that can be trimmed to a finished dimension in the field
  • Patented automatic-locking Quick-Connect® Inset fitting makes installation fast and easy
  • May be installed on new or existing wood or metal railing frames in exterior, interior, residential, and commercial settings
  • Complete installation instructions, frame requirements, 3-part specifications, and detail drawings available.
  • Product contains recycled materials

CableRail kits for Wood Railings (level or stair)

CableRail® Kits by Feeney, Inc.® are an attractive, affordable, and easy-to-install railing infill alternative for wood railings. The cable and components are low maintenance and visually unobtrusive; perfect for decks with beautiful landscape settings or panoramic views, as well as open interior spaces.

The included Quick-Connect® Inset fitting features patented one-way jaws that allow the cable to easily slide though in one direction, but automatically grab and lock on when the cable is released. Just slip it on, pull the cable taut and cut off the excess; no special tools are needed. This fitting not only makes installation a breeze, but also offers exceptional beauty, strength, and corrosion resistance.

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CableRail Kits for Metal Railings (level or stair)

CableRail® Kits by Feeney are an attractive, affordable, and easy-to-install railing infill alternative for metal railings. The cable and components are low maintenance and visually unobtrusive; perfect for decks with beautiful landscape settings or panoramic views, as well as open interior spaces.

The included Quick-Connect® Inset fitting features patented one-way jaws that allow the cable to easily slide though in one direction, but automatically grab and lock on when the cable is released. Just slip it on, pull the cable taut and cut off the excess; no special tools are needed. This fitting not only makes installation a breeze, but also offers exceptional beauty, strength, and corrosion resistance.

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DesignRail® Aluminum Railing Kits | Feeney

 

  • Use

    Railing frame system
  • Applications

    Commercial and residential
  • Characteristics

    Pre-drilled posts and pickets to support 1/8-in. CableRail by Feeney stainless steel cables (sold separately).

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Feeney DesignRail® Aluminum Railing Kits are a great solution for customers looking for a fast and easy way to install high quality exterior or interior aluminum railings with CableRail.

Feeney DesignRail® pre-engineered, component based, aluminum railing frame systems combine the durability of aluminum with the innovative design details that assure structural integrity while drastically reducing long term maintenance expenses. Our systems are easy-to- install, attractive and cost effective.

Characteristic

  • Engineered for easy installation using components that snap and screw together.
  • CableRail Ready: Pre-drilled posts and pickets to support 1/8-in. CableRail by Feeney stainless steel cables (sold separately).
  • Made of high quality 6000 series aluminum extrusions with AAMA­2604 powder­-coated finishes for long lasting beauty and performance.
  • Available for both 36­in. and 42­in. level railings and 36­in. stair railings.

Your railing system will require specific quantities and types of kits and parts depending on the configuration of your project.

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Post Kits

Each Post Kit includes a post with a pre-attached base plate, a post cap, and mounting screws with caps. All posts come pre-drilled for the cable fittings or cables to pass through, and can accommodate isolation bushings when required. Stair posts are pre-drilled at an angle to accommodate a stair slope of between 29 and 34 degrees. Level Post Kits are available for railings in two heights: 36-in with 9 cable holes, or 42-in with 11 cable holes. Stair Post Kits are available for 36-in stair railings. Isolation bushings are recommended for installations in harsher climates, such as areas near salt water.

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Rail Kits

Rail Kits contain the rails that run between the posts. Each kit includes a 6-ft top and bottom rail, a pre-drilled intermediate picket, and all necessary attachment hardware. Top and bottom rails can be trimmed to exact length in the field. Use Rail Cut Kits if cutting a single Rail Kit for use in multiple smaller sections. Rail Kits can be used with DesignRail® Post Kits or between your own wood posts.

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Backyard Cabin Experiments With 3D-Printed Tiles as a Facade Material

Backyard Cabin Experiments With 3D-Printed Tiles as a Facade Material, The cabin is integrated into the landscape thanks to the hundreds of succulents and air plants that comprise the facade and are held by the 3D-printed hexagonal planter tiles. 3D-printed chairs and tables, also designed by Emerging Objects, serve as both indoor and outdoor furniture. Image © Matthew Millman
The cabin is integrated into the landscape thanks to the hundreds of succulents and air plants that comprise the facade and are held by the 3D-printed hexagonal planter tiles. 3D-printed chairs and tables, also designed by Emerging Objects, serve as both indoor and outdoor furniture. Image © Matthew Millman

This article was originally published by The Architect’s Newspaper as “Cutting-edge 3-D-printing pushes construction boundaries in an Oakland cabin.”

The 3D-printed Cabin of Curiosities is a research endeavor and “proof of concept” investigation into the architectural possibilities of upcycling and custom 3D-printed claddings as a response to 21st-century housing needs.

This exploratory project is an output of Bay Area-based additive manufacturing startup Emerging Objects, founded by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, who are professors at the University of California Berkeley and San Jose State University, respectively. They also co-founded the architecture studio Rael San Fratello, whose work primarily focuses on architecture as a cultural endeavor.

The Chroma Curl wall is made of 3D-printed bio-plastic derived from corn. The textured surface creates a floral pattern throughout the interior. Image © Matthew MillmanThe clays used for the tiles are fired at a high temperature resulting in low porosity. Because the clay is recycled from a pottery studio, there is color differentiation in the surface. Image © Matthew MillmanThe seed stitch tiles explore the use of custom code to form a textured pattern that creates a micro-shading effect. Image © Matthew MillmanOver 4,500 3D-printed ceramic tiles clad the majority of the building. The calibrated inconsistencies and material behavior make each tile unique. Ever changing shadows transform the cabin’s surface throughout the day as each seed stitch tile is gently curved to receive the sun and cast shadows. Image © Matthew Millman+ 11

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A corner detail shows 3D-printed ceramic “seed stitch” tiles overlapping on the facade corner. The “planter tiles,” which hold succulents and air plants, face forward. Image © Matthew Millman

A corner detail shows 3D-printed ceramic “seed stitch” tiles overlapping on the facade corner. The “planter tiles,” which hold succulents and air plants, face forward. Image © Matthew Millman

The Cabin of Curiosities is exemplary of Emerging Objects’ work, which dives deep into the material science of additive manufacturing while utilizing open-source tools and standard off-the-shelf printers.

Due to a housing emergency in the Bay Area, the Oakland City Council eased restrictions on the construction of secondary housing units, or backyard cottages. The new rules promote more rental housing by easing parking requirements, allowing homeowners to transform existing backyard buildings like sheds and garages into living spaces, and relaxing height and setback requirements.

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Color variation is achieved using different upcycled and innovative 3D-printable materials invented by Emerging Objects, including recycled chardonnay grape skins from Sonoma, cement, sawdust, and coffee grounds. Image © Matthew Millman

Color variation is achieved using different upcycled and innovative 3D-printable materials invented by Emerging Objects, including recycled chardonnay grape skins from Sonoma, cement, sawdust, and coffee grounds. Image © Matthew Millman

Thusly located in a residential backyard, the one-room gabled structure brings together a collection of performative tile products, from interior translucent glowing wall assemblies to exterior rain screens composed of integrated succulent planters and textural “shingles” that push the boundaries of how quickly one can mass produce 3D-printed architectural components.

Over 4,500 3D-printed ceramic tiles clad the exterior of the building. The firm is committed to focusing on upcycling agricultural and industrial waste products, and at times its custom materials sound more like tasting notes from a nearby Napa or Sonoma wine. Grape skins, salt, cement, and sawdust, among others, have been integrated into Emerging Objects’ products to create variety among the tiles.

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Over 4,500 3D-printed ceramic tiles clad the majority of the building. The calibrated inconsistencies and material behavior make each tile unique. Ever changing shadows transform the cabin’s surface throughout the day as each seed stitch tile is gently curved to receive the sun and cast shadows. Image © Matthew Millman

Over 4,500 3D-printed ceramic tiles clad the majority of the building. The calibrated inconsistencies and material behavior make each tile unique. Ever changing shadows transform the cabin’s surface throughout the day as each seed stitch tile is gently curved to receive the sun and cast shadows. Image © Matthew Millman

The project integrates two types of tiles on the exterior: a “planter” tile on the gable ends, and a shingled “seed stitch” tile wrapping the side walls and roof. The planter tiles offer 3D-printed ceramic shapes that include pockets for vegetation to grow. The seed stitch tiles, borrowing from knitting terminology, are produced through a deliberately rapid printing process that utilizes G-code processing to control each line of clay for a more “handmade” aesthetic. No two tiles are the same, offering unique shadow lines across the facade.

The cabin interior features translucent white Chroma Curl wall tiles, made of a bio-based plastic derived from corn. These tiles offer a customized relief texture inspired by the tradition of pressed metal ceilings, which historically relied on mass production through mold-making.

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The interior displays 3D printed curiosities, from ceramic vessels, material experiments, and studies. Color changing LED lights, which illuminate the interior through the 3D-printed bio-plastic interior cladding, set a playful mood. 3D-printed furniture and accessories include a pink Picoroco Lamp, coffee table, Coffee-Coffee kettle and cup, and a chair. Image © Matthew Millman

The interior displays 3D printed curiosities, from ceramic vessels, material experiments, and studies. Color changing LED lights, which illuminate the interior through the 3D-printed bio-plastic interior cladding, set a playful mood. 3D-printed furniture and accessories include a pink Picoroco Lamp, coffee table, Coffee-Coffee kettle and cup, and a chair. Image © Matthew Millman

It might be too soon to tell, but the 3D-Printed Cabin might be our generation’s version of Muuratsalo, Alvar Aalto’s classic house circa 1953 experimenting with textured material and architectural form through its construction. “We’re building this from our kitchen table, printing parts and testing solutions in real time,” said San Fratello.

The cabin is a departure from other investigations in 3D-printed dwellings, many of which are unlivable and not aesthetically considered. “These are not just investigations into testing materials for longevity or for structure, but also a study of aesthetics. We see the future as being elegant, optimistic, and beautiful,” said Rael.

Nuvola Acoustical Free Hanging Clouds | Decoustics

 

  • Use

    Interior ceilings
  • Applications

    Airports, arenas, hospitals, restaurants, universities, offices, lobbies, auditoriums, hotels
  • Characteristics

    Panels are finished on all faces, can be installed individually to identify a space or grouped together to create unique configurations, they use a unique anchor hanger and spiral spring to ease installation, shapes and clouds can be custom color matched to any paint chip

Modular Eco-Housing Pushing Boundaries With Cardboard

Modular Eco-Housing Pushing Boundaries With Cardboard, Wikkelhouse Dordrech. Photo Courtesy of Yvonne Witte
Wikkelhouse Dordrech. Photo Courtesy of Yvonne Witte

Designed and developed by Fiction Factory, a company of creative makers from Amsterdam, Wikkelhouse loosely translates to ‘wrapped house.’ This sustainable modular house is uniquely created with cardboard as its main building material and is customizable in its size and function.

Wikkelhouse Dordrech. Photo Courtesy of Yvonne WitteLiving Room. Photo Courtesy of Yvonne WitteUnder Construction. Photo Courtesy of Yvonne WitteUnder Construction. Photo Courtesy of Yvonne Witte+ 12

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Diagram of Modular System. Image Courtesy of Fiction Factory

Diagram of Modular System. Image Courtesy of Fiction Factory

The Wikkelhouse is built from 24 layers of top-quality cardboard wound around a rotating house-shaped mould. These layers are then bonded with an eco-friendly superglue to create durability and optimal insulation. This is where the name Wikkelhouse comes from, as ‘wikkelen’ is the Dutch word for ‘wrapping.’ The house is then finished with waterproof foil and wood-paneling to protect it from the elements.

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House Mould Machine. Photo Courtesy of Yvonne Witte

House Mould Machine. Photo Courtesy of Yvonne Witte
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Layers of Cardboard. Photo Courtesy of Yvonne Witte

Layers of Cardboard. Photo Courtesy of Yvonne Witte

The materials used in the Wikkelhouse have a low impact on the environment, being 3 times more environmentally sustainable and eco-friendly than a traditional house. The Wikkelhouse is also 100% recyclable, with each part able to be deconstructed and recycled infinitely. It does not require a foundation as each segment weighs only 500 kilograms.

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Wikkelhouse Dordrech. Photo Courtesy of Yvonne Witte

Wikkelhouse Dordrech. Photo Courtesy of Yvonne Witte
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Wikkelhouse. Photo Courtesy of Yvonne Witte

Wikkelhouse. Photo Courtesy of Yvonne Witte

Made from 4.6m long x 1.2m wide x 3.5m high segments, the modular house can be extended and added to as needed. With their smart ‘Home’-segments, the Wikkelhouse can also include a kitchen, bathroom, and shower, as well as customizable window placement and finishing.

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Living Room. Photo Courtesy of Yvonne Witte

Living Room. Photo Courtesy of Yvonne Witte

Built in a workshop in Amsterdam, the Wikkelhouse can be transported and connected on site in a day. At the moment, they are only available for construction in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, the U.K., and Denmark.

More information on the Wikkelhouse can be found on their website and in their video below:

Acoustic Panels – Natural Wood | Troldtekt

  • Use

    Ceiling and wall paneling
  • Applications

    Schools & educational buildings, cultural institutions, kindergartens & day care centers, office buildings & shops, private homes & housing, sport facilities, hotels & restaurants, health & care institutions
  • Characteristics

    Cement-bonded wood wool panels, sound absorbing, allergy friendly and healthy indoor climate, documented sustainability, effective fire protection, natural strength, flexible design solutions , available both as single and two-layer panel
  • Format

    Panels
  • Colors

    Natural wood
  • Sizes

    600×600 mm, 600×1200 mm, 600×2000 mm, 600×2400 mm
  • Certification

          Cradle to Cradle® Silver certificate